[Members] cryptographic votes

Trejkaz trejkaz at trypticon.org
Tue Nov 29 18:19:20 CST 2005


> I was wondering about a cryptographic voting bot. So the votes could be
> secret but each voter could verify that his/her votes is correctly
> accounted. Transparency, that is :)

Do you mean that OpenPGP-enabled clients talk to an OpenPGP-enabled bot,
or something else?

In such a fashion, the bot could verify that the signature was made to the
person's key (although it's not like the JSF knows everyone's key to start
with.)  It could then presumably sign the votes with its own key and store
that bundle while encrypting the same bundle back to the voter's key so
that they can verify their votes later but nobody else can read them.

Even under this kind system though, there is always someone with access to
the bot.  So it's not like it removes the need for a trusted party to do
things like manual recounts (an untrusted party can always lie about the
recount) and perhaps that's why another organisation I'm in didn't end up
going through with the idea either.

TX




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